Sidse Babett Knudsen to feature in mafia drama

IN PRODUCTION. Director Jeanette Nordahl and Snowglobe production company have started shooting on 'Wildland,' Nordahl's feature film debut starring Sidse Babett Knudsen as a mafia matriarch.

Sidse Babett Knudsen
After several years of acting in international films and TV series, Sidse Babett Knudsen returns to Danish film with 'Wildland.' Photo: Stephen Freiheit

Shooting has just begun for Jeanette Nordahl's crime thriller 'Wildland,' a story about love and violence in a criminal family featuring Sidse Babett Knudsen as the family matriarch. The film marks Nordahl's debut as feature film director.

Set in the provinces, 'Wildland' follows 17-year-old Ida who goes to live with her aunt and adult cousins after her mother has died in a car crash. Ida's new home is full of love, but because of the family's criminal life it becomes increasingly difficult for Ida to separate violence from love. Soon she realises what her mother was trying to escape from.

As Ida, Sandra Guldberg Kampp takes her first major film role. Sidse Babett Knudsen plays her aunt, while Joachim Fjelstrup, Elliott Crosset Hove and Besir Zeciri feature as Ida's cousins.

Director Jeanette Nordahl graduated from the independent film school Super16 in 2012. Her short film 'Nylon' premiered at Göteborg Film Festival.

Scriptwriter is Ingeborg Topsøe, who also wrote 'Nylon.' Topsøe is a graduate form the National Film & Television School in London, where her finishing film, 'Volume,' won a British Independent Film Award and was nominated at Sundance. Most recently, she co-wrote Milad Alami's awardwinning debut film 'The Charmer,' her first feature film credit. On 18 May, Topsøe is set to receive the Danish Playwrights' Guild's annual Talent Award.

Eva Jakobsen, Katrin Pors and Mikkel Jersin are producing for Snowglobe with support from the Danish Film Institute.

Domestic theatrical release is set for 1 August 2019.